Iowa swears in new governor as former governor becomes Chinese ambassador

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"Young girls just come up already and they're so excited", Reynolds told Radio Iowa yesterday afternoon, her voice cracking with emotion.

She said she will leave it to the historians to make note of the gender milestone in state politics because she said there is far more to this. She said her second priority will be renewing the state's energy policy. She adds she's ready to hit the ground running when she becomes the next governor of Iowa. "Ambassador Branstad has said he intends to serve American-produced beef at the USA embassy in Beijing (China), and America's cattle producers look forward to working with him to make that a reality as soon as possible". She credited former State Representative Teresa Garman of Ames for being one of the women who showed her the ropes once she got to the statehouse in 2009. "Her experience tackling those tough issues and also her passion to improve the lives of Iowans gives me such confidence that with Kim Reynolds leading our state, Iowa's best days lie ahead".

The woman who will become Iowa's next governor later this morning credits her "small town roots" with propelling her to this point in her political career.

The event lasted about 10 minutes before final preparations for the swearing in of Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds began.

It still has not been decided how a replacement for Lieutenant Governor will be decided.

"I am incredibly honored to stand before you as the governor of this great state", Reynolds said, after taking her oath.

Terry Branstad is now officially Ambassador Terry Branstad.

Iowa Governor Terry Branstad is a step closer to becoming next ambassador to China. "And now, I'm pleased to present my letter of resignation as I prepare for this exciting new adventure as the United States Ambassador to the People's Republic of China".

As governor, he signed nearly too many bills to count. He will then be sworn in as ambassador by U.S. Court of Appeals Judge Steven Colloton.

An inaugural celebration for Iowa's first female governor, Kim Reynolds, will be hosted by the Republican Party of Iowa on June 2. She will be sworn in by Iowa Supreme Court Chief Justice Mark Cady. "We look forward to working with the new Governor to continue growing access to Iowa's own homegrown, earth-friendly fuels as part of Iowa's strategy to be a national energy leader". Senate Democratic Leader Rob Hogg said he is eager to see whether Reynolds does things differently.